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a reality. because while there is no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence completely, no piece of legislation that will prevent every tragedy, every act of evil, if there's even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there's even one life that can be saved, we've got an obligation to try. and i'm going to do my part. as soon as i'm finished speaking here, i will sit at that desk and i will sign a directive giving law enforcement, schools, mental health professionals and the public health community some of the tools they need to help reduce gun violence. we will make it easier to keep guns out of the hands of criminals by strengthening the background check system. we will help schools hire more resource officers, if they want them, and develop emergency preparedness plans. we will make sure mental health professionals know their options for reporting threats of violence. even as we acknowledge that someone with a mental illness is far more likely to be a victim of violent crime than the perpetrator. and while year after year those who oppose even mo
to do some things on his own, much of it perhaps will be focused only some laws that are already on the books, enforcing those laws. we expect the president to push for data gathering, information on weapons that have been used in crimes. those are some things that the president will push through in executive order. >> all right. again lothian standing by for us on the north lawn of the white house, keeping an eye on the president's movements as well. we're on the countdown to seeing the president live. we should also mention to you that new york is one step ahead of the president it looks like one step ahead of the nation in this particular movement. the governor, andrew cuomo, signed into law a sweeping gun control law. it is the first such law enacted in response to the newtown shooting massacre. that law expands the state's existing assault weapons ban it also limits the size of gun magazines to seven rounds, just seven rounds. that's smaller than some of the actual capacities of guns. this law also includes measures to better keep firearms away from mentally ill people and i
in law enforcement for years and years. and, mike, let's just you and i walk through what we know right now as we're looking at these pictures, coming into cnn for first time, what more do you know? >> well, brooke, we're hearing also from our affiliate kprc, they have one person detained there on campus. where on campus? we don't know. they don't -- they're not sure if this is the person who was the active shooter there, on the campus of the lone star college, harris north campus, they don't know. but i've been watching this for a number of minutes before i came on with you, brooke. and i've seen at least two, possibly three people that they had been working on, the ems has been working on, there on the scene. we don't know the conditions of anyone injured there. we don't know whether or not this person they have detained again is the active shooter that was there on campus. >> all right, mike. what is happening as we see this tremendous law enforcement presence? how do they, as we know that this college is telling people, if you're on campus, shelter in place. look at the masses of ca
to govern gun purchases. president also says he wants a law to limit ammunition magazines to a maximum of ten rounds. and perhaps the most controversial here, the president is asking for a nationwide ban on military style rifles known as assault weapons. as an example of the resistance the president is certainly bound to face here, today the national rifle association released this video ad that drags the president's own daughters into the gun debate here. the president said today, he cannot fight this one alone. >> if parents and teachers, police officers and pastors, if hunters and sports men, if responsible gun owners, if americans of every background stand up and say enough, we suffered too much pain, and care too much about our children to allow this to continue, then change will come. >> but what about the constitution? what about the second amendment? a lot of folks i know are asking and the president had an answer for that. >> as americans we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights to no man or government can take away from us. but we also have long recognize
constitutes an assault weapon. >> right. >> it used to be defined by law from 1994 to 2004 under that ban. it's no longer defined by law yet. but what will an assault weapons ban actually ban? >> well, we're going to see. in 1994 there were 19 specific types of weapons or 19 specific weapons and a broader definition. it was able to take, you know, the -- all sorts of things incorporated in the definition. really a weapons of war and i think part of the 1994 ban has to do with the cosmetics of it, people were frightened by the look of these weapons. whether or not that remains, i think it's one of the challenges for congress to put a reasonable definition together. >> and then when the president seeks to make -- access to mental health better and also the sharing of mental health data more u bic which to us, doesn't that open an extraordinary can of worms in terms of privacy issues. for instance, if i want to go to a psychiatrist and have suicidal thoughts, company end up in a federal registry? >> i think it's an issue and a challenge. we're going to see what congress comes up with. one in fiv
that there are limits to what he can do on his own within existing law. >> okay. so, i guess in a little more than 2 1/2 hours we'll know for sure. dan lothian reporting live from the white house. >> reporter: okay. >> and for today's event we'll have special coverage that will start at 11:45 a.m. eastern time. >>> another change in the obama administration. cnn has learned secretary of the interior ken salazar will be leaving his post at the end of march. salazar told the president he expects to return to his ranch and family in colorado. salazar has served as secretary of the interior since 2009. >>> a new nra ad going after the president. you saw it just a little while ago. some say that ad goes too far. is the nra leadership on target or out of touch? it's our "talk back" question today. [ male announcer ] you are a business pro. executor of efficiency. you can spot an amateur from a mile away... while going shoeless and metal-free in seconds. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle...and go. you can even take a full-size or above, and still pay the
on assault weapons struck a nerve with many lawmakers and law men. >> ban every firearm out there. it's not going to fix it. >> a sheriff refuses to enforce it. hey! did you know that honey nut cheerios has oats that can help lower cholesterol? and it tastes good? sure does! wow. it's the honey, it makes it taste so... well, would you look at the time... what's the rush? be happy. be healthy. >>> there is a lot of talk about the president's push to reduce gun violence. we heard from joe biden who did the leg work for the guns package that rolled out yesterday. here he is speaking moments ago at the conference of mayors about denying gun sales with a swath of trouble makers. >> time and experience has demonstrated we should take a close look at the list to see if it fits the needs of society at the moment. it's part of our recommendations to the president and it suggested that the attorney general study that question. for example, right now certain convicted stalkers can still purchase guns. >> again that was the vice president a moment ago. as you have probably heard by now, a lot of
go. >> what about external? i mean, i could cite all sorts of different laws in which criminal behavior could have actually been tracked, if this woman had ever asked for a penny from him for treatment. if she had ever asked or encouraged him to raise money. those are crimes. and that's something the police can get involved, and police can triangulate cell phone signals and go after i.p. addresses and find you in a nanosecond, oh where is all of that? >> it's coming. if not, outside private investigations as well. manti te'o just graduated. slated for a top ten draft pick. a $10 million to $20 million investment worth over $1 billion. they do due diligence on players who aren't involved in the most bizarre sports story of the last 25 years. you better believe they're going to dig up every last aspect of this young man's personal life to find out what he did and why he did it, and the story is only going to get more strange as we go down the rabbit hole, i believe. >> you know, i asked the famed sports, the legendary sports agent leigh steinberg in the last hour if this young ma
if we had these laws, but i know it would have been a lot less easy for people to gets a sault weapons which we banned in new jersey. we have it so that the magazines, yyou don't need this many bullets in on the to kill and go hunting. i support hunting. >> what about the rest of congress? i think everybody is against gun violence. it's how to mitigate gun violence that everyone has a different philosophy about. >> health care is very important, too. >> my question to you is what are the chances in this current brand new congress that we're so excited about that you might actually be able to pass something like an assault weapons ban or high capacity magazines? what are the chances honestly? >> i can't tell you in terms of prognosticating what's going to happen but i'll work high damnedest so-to-make sure tdamnd est to make sure the package goes through. but dealing with the assault -- numb number of assault weapons and the magazines not necessary. gaby give forwa gabby giffords is a perfect example. the guy was loading up again. let them hunt and have their antiques. but protect the p
it as -- as a level playing field. >> paul butler is a professor at georgetown law and a former federal prosecutor and a white collar defense attorney. wow, professor butler, where do i begin? all i could think of was how many people across the country were taking sides on how they felt about lance armstrong and how many lawyers were cringing thinking i would not want to be counsel for him right now? >> well, you know, people are saying, why would he do this, what was he thinking? and lawyers are the first people to be wondering what was he thinking? you know, he probably isn't going to do any jail time. he's not going to get locked up for what he said on oprah, but is he going to be liable for tens of millions of dollars in civil lawsuits, you bet you. >> i knew it. i knew you were going there right away, professor, so here's what i'd like to do. i want to run a commercial break. i want to come back, and i'm going to play for you a couple of very specific things that he said that the layperson might think just sounded like commentary. but the lawyer or the law professor would say, aha, they got h
. that's the word that we are hearing from law enforcement officials, federal law enforcement officials here in d.c. it is a big change from four years ago because four years ago, there were rising threats. there were also nearly 2 million people descending on the city and there were some real fears about what could happen there is still concern and still been game planning every possible scenario, but is there a different tone to the security this time. a, because you've got much fewer people coming. i mean, maybe 600, 700,000 people coming out here. that's big drop from the 1.8 million we saw. it's allowed them to make some changes. some of the bridges from virginia into the city that were closed to you and me last time so that police and all the buses could use them, those will be open. it will be easier access into the city and they learned a lot from last time. so, the secret service is now on twitter. they are going to be putting out updates to help people get around and get people the information they need. so maybe they don't run into as many security problems as you had last ti
control, for parking, for what have you. and we have about 2,000 individuals from law enforcement agencies, all over of this side of the united states. they try to get people to come close because they can drive in. so those are the numbers. now, what are they going to be doing? certainly trying to keep the crowd safe. but it's also important to say the authorities here are expecting the crowd to be about one-third to one-half the size of the crowd when president obama was naug rainaugurated th time. the trick is to try to stay invisible and not make it look like a police state. we know both at the republican and democratic national conventions there were so many security personnel, they kind of overwhelmed the place and it was perhaps a little too much, not just for the locals but also for the national audience. >> joe johns, thanks very much. >> thank you so much, joe. it's not just inauguration weekend, it's also the martin luther king holiday weekend. to mark that, thousands of people are taking part in a national day of service today. including the first family, obamas helped fix up a
for national gun control laws? are we at a stalemate? >> i don't believe we are. it comes down to what are we going to be able to get bipartisan support for in the congress? and there are three things that i believe are possible to get across the aisle support. my major focus has been since january 8th on mental health services and awareness and i'll be dropping a bill today that will move in that direction called the mental health first aid act so that's one thing that i believe is possible. there seems to be some cross unanimity across the aisle on mental health services and my bill will hopefully be one of the first steps in that direction. >> you met with vice president biden as part of a task force convened by the president. the vice president was supposed to deliver his recommendations today to the president, but he delayed that. why the holdup? >> i'm not sure i could tell you why the holdup. i know that when we met yesterday, the task force that i'm a member of, vice chair of, the prevention of gun violence task force in the house, we met with vice president and three cabinet secretar
president obama, a constitutional law professor and chief justice of the supreme court john roberts should have known like the back of their hands. but the mistake made for an awkward moment in the middle of a solemn occasion. the swearing in of the first african-american president in front of a crowd more than a million strong on the national mall. robe robert's flub was significant enough that the oath had to be taken again. the very next day at the white house. >> i will faithfully execute the office of president of the united states. >> reporter: cnn senior legal analyst jeffrey toobin wrote an entire book about this awkward moment in presidential history titled "the oath." did they need to do it, again? >> no one knows. >> really? >> to this day because the legal significance of the oath remains kind of a mystery. so, they just said, look, someone could file a lawsuit, someone could make trouble. we don't want to spend the first week, the first month of the obama presidency litigating whether he is president. so, let's just do it. it's slightly embarrass, it's slightly weird. we'll do
to citizenship for some of those law abiding -- otherwise law abiding illegal immigrants in this country. so he's looking at sort of this overall comprehensive package, and the president and his advisors feel like they could make some movement on it in the second term. why? well, you look at who supported the president in the 2012 election. he got more than 70% of the hispanic votes. republicans realize that and you're starting to hear sort of this warming up to the idea to do something about immigration, immigration reform. and so, you know, the president had promised in his first campaign that he was going to make movement on this, did not deliver the way that some hispanics had expected him to do. they're hopeful that in his second term that can happen. >> dan lothian you just used the words warming up, and i know that you got the assignment outside of the national cathedral today and it is bitterly, bitterly cold. i want you to tell me a little bit about the warmth and love inside that cathedral. we're looking at more of the live pictures. this is an awesome event. people may forget it's an
american evangelicals pushing for strict biblical law in a country of almost 3 million people. it also spotlights the role of uganda's christian and political leaders in trying to eliminate what they call sexual sin. the document friday was directed by -- i want to talk about this because this is such a provocative, provocative film here. you start off in the documentary, showing the good here, how these american pastors, these missionaries, they build orphanages, and hospitals and then they pay dearly for all this generosity. >> i don't want to say that all these evangelicals are cast in a bad light. there's some evangelicals who are preaching a message of hate and intolerance and i think it's important for americans to imagine where their money is going when they put their money into the collection plate on sunday. >> there are some very shock ways that they demonize homosexuality. give us the specifics. >> yes, the documentary shows some american evangelicals who are often extremists in america and are outside of the main stream who are going to uganda and because they are from amer
and they want to put in and install sharia law. explain to us what they're trying to do. >> reporter: that's exactly right, suzanne. the extremists havise implement their strict interpretation of sharia law. since march 2012 there have been public executions, amputations, stoning and floggings. we have video of a man being amputated and another man being flogged, disturbing images. this is what's happening on the ground in northern mali. the u.n. says hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced since the start of s hostilities. the united states will battle al qaeda wherever they are. leon panetta said they are prepared to help france and offer any aid that they could in the form of intelligence gathering, in the form of reconnaissance and troop transportation. the uk's offered help. today i spoke to the army spokesman in nigeria, he says that 190 nigerian soldiers are on the ground in mali in 24 hours and we expect another 700 in the coming days ahead. >> thank you for the update. keep us posted on what is taking place. there's a lot at stake in mali. for almost two years now, c
attention to environmental issues. i think it's too dire. i think the situation is too dire, the law of entropy is so extreme right now, the planet is shrinking, it's being divvied up, carved up, dug up. what are we thinking about future generations? are we going to leave them anything? >> i just wanted to ask you another question about your gun question to robert redford. >> reporter: sure. >> he appeared very thoughtful. at least there's a conversation that seems to be going on, if not any sort of resolution. >> reporter: yeah. yeah, you know, and one of the things he said and it actually kind of surprised me was that he does believe government and hollywood should play a role together in this conversation. he does believe that the government should come in and really kind of look at what's going on in hollywood. now, he definitely defends a filmmaker's right to make whatever film there is, but he believes that the conversation is about time that it's had. >> interesting. we'll get more from you in the next hour of "newsroom." >>> lance armstrong was hoping to win over the public,
for gay and lesbian couples, to show his support and the administration's support for repealing the law. immigration reform is obviously a hot topic right now. >> absolutely. >> we have nine states that now allow equal marriage, plus the district of columbia. but there are also countries around the world that allow marriage equality. there are many, many binational couples across the country. we want to make sure -- across the world. excuse me. but if you are in a same-sex couple and your partner is not a u.s. citizen, you can't get your partner near the united states legally. we want to make sure that binational couples are included in any type of immigration reform. >> there's been some controversy during this presidential transition when it comes to gay issues. of course the president's first pick to lead a prayer of the nation was a pastor who received controversy remarks. what do you make of this? is this a sign of things to come, do you think? >> well, it is. i mean, i think it's a sign of what has been happening also within the gay community. and chuck hagel is a great example. h
that there are limits on what can be done within existing law, and congress has to act on the kinds of measures that we have already mentioned, because the power to do that is reserved by congress. and to congress. >> reporter: so next comes the politics and we can talk about that if you want, brooke. >> let's talk about that. we know it is likely to be pretty darn tough. let's listen, in fact. this is some sound, this is the aunt of one of the 20 children killed in newtown last month, and her own niece was killed, she is talking about the second amendment. she talks gun rights here. take a listen. >> i think our country is founded in such a different way that, you know, so much -- with the second amendment even being part of the constitution, it is so much about protecting liberty because of how we establish ourselves as a country, such a part of our foundation as a country. i think it has to be part of the discussion as far as respecting where we came from, as a country, but also realizing the world we live in has got some problems that are directly related to safety in schools and that these tragedi
and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law. for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. >> it's interesting the president chose this time to make his strongest stand, because as you know, dan, the supreme court will take up same-sex marriage in march. >> reporter: that's right. carol, i don't think it should be too much of a surprise because recall over the first term, much of the first term the president was evolving on this issue of gay marriage, only in may that the president finally come out in support of same-sex marriage and so i don't think we should be too surprised by that. this apparently is a continuation of that evolution, and one interesting point is we're here at the washington national cathedral here in washington for the prayer service, as you pointed out. this is a church that less than two weeks ago came out saying that they would support same-sex marriages and taking part in the service today an openly gay pastor, reverend nancy wilson, she will be, along with others, offering prayers for the pre
's writing new law, that cannot happen. we struck down once, the court struck clinton down for trying this, and i'm afraid that president obama may have this king complex sort of developing and we're going to make sure that it doesn't happen. >> paul didn't specify which of the executive actions he thinks ought to be enacted rather by congress, or what other king-like actions the president might be considering. the president's top lieutenant of the gun control debate will address several hundred mayors about the issues and he'll do that in washington today. vice president joe biden said to speak at the u.s. conference of mayors just about four hours from now, when that happens, cnn will bring it to you live. the president of that group, that mayor's group is philadelphia mayor michael nutter. he's a big obama supporter and during an appearance before a u.s. house committee nutter slammed the nra for this ad that criticizes the president for not wanting to put armed guards in schools while his own daughters get secret service protection. mayor nutter joins me now from washington. welcome, m
difficult to do but if that can be found, and i think we're going to have good immigration law. >> the president extended really an olive branch, if you will, before the inaugural address to republicans saying that he's going to try to reach out more, perhaps invite people over to the white house, whether or not he kind of joked about playing cards and golf and that type of thing. if the president were to reach out to you more in the second term, would you take him up on it? would you be a part of a group that would really try to break through some of the nastiness that we've seen in washington? >> of course i would. and i would give an example of my doing that as i tried to work very closely with republican and democrats in the congress and with the president the first nine months of obama care, trying to reach a bipartisan agreement. but we weren't moving fast enough for the president. he decided to go ahead on a part dan basis. so i got nine months there of working very closely. i can tell you, more recently, there's an inaugural lunch after his speech and i was invited to t
for the presidential inauguration and you might be asking, why do we do it, other than it is the law. wendy walsh is a human behavioral psychologist, and wendy, you say there is a bit of a fine line here. we americans walk during an inauguration, right? >> reporter: it's true, don. i think that we struggle with the idea of having this kind of inauguration, because it feels a lot like a coronation. and that's what america sort of fought very hard to get away from. we left the monarchy. many, many years ago. but yet we want to have some pump, some circumstance. we want to talk about michelle's dress. we want to know who designed it. i honored her today by cutting my own bangs to match her new haircut, and i'm sure half the women in america -- >> i know about this. >> hey, don, bangs is the new botox, that's all i can say. i think that we want to have some pomp and pageantry, but want to be clear, this is an inauguration, the beginning of a second presidential term. this is not the king and queen. got it? >> yeah. okay. so by the way, the bangs look good. you always look great. this sort of ritual,
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? >> yeah. well, whistle-blower lawsuits by law are typically sealed, brooke, for at least 60 days, a minimum of 60 days, and they usually remain sealed during the investigation. and that's for good reason. it protects the investigation and, of course, it protects the whistle-blower. it is very difficult as you would imagine in many circumstances for the whistle-blower to come forward. i will say this, the daily news has released what they purport to be the lawsuit. it is about 33 pages, i have seen a copy. i'm not comfortable sharing it with our audience, because, again, we don't know the posture of the investigation. and typically the cases are at stake. what is reportedly at stake is the proceeds basically of this sponsorship, between the u.s. postal service and this team. the u.s. postal service invested about $30 million in sponsorship money. these false claim acts cases are basically seeking trouble damages. you're talking really three times, about $30 million. and floyd landis in particular could gain about 25% of any recovery. now, the justice department with its formidable
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